Valerie Lapinid
Acton, MA
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Valerie Lapinid

Valerie L.

Acton, MA
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Beginner, Intermediate
I teach beginner through advanced levels with a focus on learning proper breathing, embouchure and form. I teach music theory skills, reed making and adjustments, and musicianship .

I have been a double reed and woodwind specialist for over 20 years and I teach using classical and modern method books, pop, rock and jazz. I teach using positivity and encouragement, that I may help each student visualize and become the best instrumentalist they can be.

About Valerie L.

I have been teaching for over 20 years and I have studied with Frank Kocman (student of Nilo Hovey), Larry Allen (student of Robert Bloom & Humbert Lucarelli), Hollis Ulaky (Principal Oboist of Charlotte Symphony Orchestra), and Amanda Hardy (Principal Oboist of Portland Symphony Orchestra- student of John Ferrillo).
Learning many teaching styles and techniques from these great teachers, I have made it my main goal to teach every student in the way that best suites their learning style. I teach the basics of breathing, form and embouchure paired with music theory and a variety of genres, so that each student will get a well rounded education and grow a love of the woodwinds, as I have.

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Neal
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Val has a real positive attitude and infectious energy when working with my son. She has helped him with many minor details (breathing, finger placement, etc) besides just working with him on new content.

Posted Apr 12, 2020
Shauna
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Val is kind, patient and supportive of our very, very new 13 year old clarinet player. She is always sure to give great feedback as well as what he should specifically work on before the next lesson.

Posted Apr 3, 2020
Zeybek
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I am having a lot of fun and I get to get better at the same time. It is a class I get to look forward to every weekend.

Posted Mar 31, 2020
George
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Val has been a wonderful instructor. I am an older person with no/none previous music experience. She has been so good with me! Patient and so easy to talk with. She works with me on reading music and playing my all-time favorite instrument the saxophone. She helped me slowly and patiently get over a wall and I always feels very comfortable asking her anything! She's a wonderful teacher, musician and person. A peach.

Posted Mar 30, 2020

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Experience

Woodwind Instructor
Oct 2019 - Present

Centre Music House

Woodwind Instructor
Oct 2019 - Present

Chelmsford Community Education

Woodwind Instructor
Jun 2010 - Present

Purple Piper Studios

Woodwind Instructor
Apr 2003 - Jun 2010

The Music Shoppe

Education

Master of Music- oboe performance
Aug 2018 - Apr 2019

Winthrop University

Bachelor of Music in oboe performance
Aug 1996 - Dec 2000

Valparaiso University

Affiliations

International Double Reed Society
Jun 2017
The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) was established in December of 1971 and is a world-wide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. The society has over 4,400 members from 56 countries. Within the United States, 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are represented.

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